Shelburne man gets 18 months in federal fraud case

Shelburne man gets 18 months in federal fraud case

A Shelburne man, who created a scheme to defraud multiple companies across the country between 2008 and 2013, is going to prison for 18 months for mail fraud, money laundering and later making false statements to a federal probation officer. Matthew S. Melvin, 36, of Olde Orchard Lane will be on supervised release for three… Read More »

Jaime Heins leaves planning commission for selectboard

Jaime Heins leaves planning commission for selectboard

Planning Commission chairman Jaime Heins has been picked to fill a seat on the Shelburne Selectboard until town meeting in March. Heins, a lawyer, has been senior legal counsel at Keurig Green Mountain since January 2015 and earlier did legal work for Burton Snowboards for nine years. He was on the South Burlington Land Trust… Read More »

$6.5 million library bond passes 889-742

Shelburne voters took a big step toward getting a new library by decisively passing a $6.5 million bond on Tuesday to pay for it. Town Clerk Diana Vachon said the vote was 889-742 in favor of the project. The 1,631 people who cast ballots in the single-item election were 27 percent of the town’s 6,139… Read More »

Temporary Ethics Committee: No basis for controversial complaint

The temporary replacement panel for the Shelburne Ethics Committee voted unanimously Tuesday that there are no grounds to proceed with an Oct. 20 complaint about a possible violation of the town’s Ethics and Conflict of Interest Ordinance. Under the committee rules, the complaint — including the target and the complainer — remains confidential because it… Read More »

Saturday tours of Vt. Railway salt facility postponed 

By MIKE DONOGHUE Organizers say they need to postpone a pair of educational tours for Shelburne residents planned for Saturday at the new salt transload facility operated by Vermont Railway. The delay of the two afternoon tours is due to the pending lawsuit between the railroad and the town of Shelburne in U.S. District Court, according… Read More »

Ethics panel replaced

UPDATE: MEETING TUESDAY – The new temporary Ethics Committee announced Friday that it has scheduled its first meeting for Tuesday, Nov. 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the town offices. The agenda is posted at shelburnevt.org under Ethics Committee.  By LISA SCAGLIOTTI and MIKE DONOGHUE Developments with the Shelburne Ethics Committee have taken several unusual… Read More »

Town, railroad back in court

A two-day hearing in U.S. District Court in Burlington concerning the legal dispute between the Vermont Railway and the town of Shelburne began Wednesday morning. The railroad is asking Senior Federal Judge William K. Sessions III to approve a permanent injunction to block the town of Shelburne from enforcing an ordinance regulating the storing, handling,… Read More »

Ethics Committee postpones Parker case; Requests a replacement panel to handle 3rd complaint

The Shelburne Ethics Committee has postponed Monday’s hearing on whether Selectboard member Dr. Colleen Parker violated the town’s Ethics and Conflict of Interest Ordinance with comments she directed at the Shelburne Volunteer Fire chief at a public meeting last month. And in an unusual request, the committee has asked the Shelburne Selectboard to appoint a temporary replacement… Read More »

Ethics complaints roil selectboard

UPDATE: This post was updated on Oct. 29 to link to the documents in the ethics cases discussed here — Ouimet’s complaint, Parker’s response, and letters from Parker’s lawyer requesting the committee to drop the case and turn over public records. The Shelburne Selectboard again has balked at authorizing its Ethics Committee a chance to… Read More »